MIT Open Access Task Force

“The MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research, chaired by Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Hal Abelson and Director of Libraries Chris Bourg, will lead an Institute-wide discussion of ways in which current MIT open access policies and practices might be updated or revised to further the Institute’s mission of disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible.”

—MIT News

See the full Charge to the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research.

Task Force releases white paper 

Open Access at MIT and Beyond: A White Paper of the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT's Research

In Sept 2018, the OA task force released a white paper examining efforts at MIT, in the United States, and in Europe to make research and scholarship openly and freely available. The paper provides a backdrop to the ongoing work of the task force: identifying new, updated, or revised open access policies and practices. 

If you have comments or ideas, submit them via the task force idea bank, via email to the task force, or at upcoming community forums (details forthcoming).

Open Access Task Force membership


  • Hal Abelson, Class of 1922 Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries


  • Peter Bebergal, Technology Licensing Officer, Technology Licensing Office
  • Robert Bond, Chief Technology Officer, Lincoln Laboratory
  • Herng Yi Cheng '18, Department of Mathematics (2017-2018)
  • Isaac Chuang, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Senior Associate Dean of Digital Learning
  • Christopher Cummins, Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry
  • Deborah Fitzgerald, Leverett Howell and William King Cutten Professor of the History of Technology
  • Mark Jarzombek, Professor, Department of Architecture
  • Nick Lindsay, Journals Director, MIT Press
  • Tom Pollard, Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
  • Jack Reid G '18, Technology & Policy and Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Karen Shirer, Director of Research Development, Office of the Provost
  • Bernhardt Trout, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Matthew Vander Heiden, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Eric von Hippel, T Wilson (1953) Professor in Management
  • Jay Wilcoxson, Counsel, Office of the General Counsel

Staff to the committee: Ellen Finnie, Head, Scholarly Communications & Collections Strategy, Libraries

Subgroups of the Open Access Task Force

  • Contracts/Licensing
  • Data
  • Educational Materials and Code
  • Scholarly Publications